Tag: Playboy

Sorry A&E "Secrets of Playboy," that is NOT my Hugh Hefner

With my friend, Hugh M. Hefner at the L.A. Playboy Mansion, 1976 and 2014. I watched the first two episodes of the A&E docuseries, “Secrets of Playboy” and felt like I was living on an alternate planet. For 50 years, I have been a part of the Playboy family, first as a Bunny at the... Read more »

The International Playboy Bunny Reunion, 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club and me

I go back in the “hutch” for Playboy’s long anticipated International Playboy Bunny Reunion here in Chicago. This weekend-long event is also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Playboy Club. Read story below: This party has been a long time in coming and, many times, none of us were even sure it was... Read more »

Remembering Hugh Hefner on his birthday by a Bunny who loved him

By “Candid” Candace (Collins) Jordan, first published in Chicago Star Media. April 9, 1926, Hugh Marston Hefner was born. Today, he would’ve been 95 years old. I still miss him and always will. Playboy has played the biggest role in my life, bringing me from St. Louis to Chicago, honoring me with a centerfold and... Read more »
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Playboy cancels its Playmate of the Month feature! Say what?

Playboy cancels its Playmate of the Month feature! Say what?
In more strategic moves for the Playboy brand, the online magazine will no longer offer its popular Playmate of the Month feature which has run in the magazine since 1953. Instead, the Playmates will now be spotlighted for an entire season, thus changing the format from 12 Playmates a year to just four. (Makes me... Read more »

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR

Fun, fashion and philanthropy: The Chicago Lighthouse presents FLAIR
My Candid Candace Blog will now be shared here on Chicago Now as well as online. Since 2008, this award-winning blog has shined a light on Chicago and all the people who make it great. Hope you can subscribe here to enjoy news from around town that includes arts and culture, the dining scene, nonprofits,... Read more »

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)
When Playboy recently decided to change its Playmate of the Year policy, I was dead set against it. I’m basically a traditionalist and I loved all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the selection of the Playmate chosen for this high honor, the one woman selected to represent all others for that particular year. But, after... Read more »
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Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future
I woke up to such sad news today. My beloved Playboy magazine may well have published its last print issue due to complications from Covid-19. When I shot my cover pictorial in the last Equality issue on October 22, everyone at the mag seemed so upbeat and positive about the future of Playboy and then,... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »

Playboy holiday party introduces The Equality Issue with Playmates and friends

With sister Playmates Victoria Valentino, Louann Fernald, Jean Tomasino Keough and Michelle Drake.
The Playboy Holiday Party was held at the Culver Hotel on December 11 and it was a little like old home week for me. I loved seeing some of the past Playmates there and it was great to get a first-look at the Winter 2020 issue, titled “The Equality Issue: Once a Playmate, Always a... Read more »
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The Hugh Hefner Auction: A Playmate reviews a lifetime of Playboy memories

Hef holding the first issue of Playboy.
How do you sum up a man’s legacy in one auction? The answer is you don’t, especially if it’s Hugh Marston Hefner, a man who changed the world with his views on sexuality, freedom of speech and human rights. He was an artist, a writer, an activist, a rebel and a rule breaker. And yes,... Read more »